It is often said that the security and surveillance industries move more slowly than other markets. Now is the time to change that perspective and practice. Integration firms can lead the charge, leveraging best practices and solutions proven in the world of IT to realize new business opportunities and revenue streams.
While many in the surveillance industry may be unfamiliar with terms like “software-defined storage,” “server virtualization” and “hyperconvergence”, they need to become common vocabulary because IT departments are already leveraging these major trends to reduce cost and simplify data center management and they expect their physical security technologies to follow suit. Improving IT capabilities also helps systems integrators modernize business while staying relevant in an increasingly IT-centric industry. As integrators, you need to become savvy on what these technologies can deliver to your customers to ensure future business growth. Your customers’ IT departments need to know you are knowledgeable about the network and can deliver the storage solutions that fit well with their idea of the software-defined data center.
In the previous blog post, we looked at some of the primary benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for surveillance. Here are two more that are valuable and will serve you well when speaking with your customer’s IT leaders.
Performance: Because video data is highly variable, unpredictable and write-intensive, traditional storage systems, such as NVRs, must often be overprovisioned to plan for the worst-case scenario. But performance suffers during video data spikes, and degraded operations (i.e. disk failures lead to video loss).
HCI streamlines system performance, improving the capacity for video and data capture. Designed for write-intensive environments such as IP video surveillance and enterprise IT applications, hyperconvergence provides the highest levels of performance, resiliency and scalability, enabling your customers to protect and ensure availability of critical video surveillance data.
Improved Mobility: With HCI, you can help your customers consolidate video management, access control, building management and other related client applications onto a single platform, eliminating the need for expensive graphics workstations, allowing fully functional access from mobile devices and providing much higher levels of resiliency and fault tolerance to the entire application suite. This approach results in an opportunity to increase situational awareness while reducing cost, complexity and physical footprint.
Gartner reports that organizations are now entering the next phase of hyperconvergence Where end-users move towards solutions that deliver continuous application delivery for multiple workloads on a single platform for continuous economic optimization. Bergen County Sheriff’s Office has already taken this step forward with an HCI deployment that manages video from thousands of cameras while also streamlining IT infrastructure — allowing the agency to be more efficient throughout its IT and security efforts.
The interest in hyperconvergence for multiple purposes, such as video surveillance, IT data center, virtual desktop infrastructure, remote and branch office, and disaster recovery, has dramatically increased over the past year. As integrators look to deploy hyperconverged architectures, it is critical to remember that not all HCI solutions are created equal.
When evaluating HCI architectures for your video surveillance environment, you need to look for five key features that will assure total video data protection, simplified management and reduce costs that put a more software-defined data center within reach:
- Advanced levels of data protection that ensure high availability and the highest storage utilization in the industry.
- Storage and compute resources can be aggregated and made available to all VMs – hence all cameras – regardless of which physical node they are associated with, maximizing system performance.
- Operating environment optimized for minimum resource consumption, vSTAC OS delivers superior storage performance to prevent frame drops and video loss.
- Single-pane-of-glass management based on IT industry-standard tools for all storage and virtual servers, vastly simplifying management and administration of large-scale system infrastructure.
- Flexibility to deploy on multiple platforms and form factors along with seamless integration of existing servers, storage and applications.
Integrators are tasked with ensuring surveillance customers can benefit from the best practices and solutions proven in the world of IT. Additionally, you can make sure that your business doesn’t miss out on valuable hardware sales. The interest in new technology is growing at a rapid rate. Now is the time to transform your customer’s surveillance environments while exceeding your IT customers’ performance expectations.
In our next post we focus on modern business strategies for integrators and why customer satisfaction is the key to their success.